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It Started with a Dare

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Self-proclaimed nobody CG Silverman sees her move to an upscale new school as her chance to be somebody different. Her devil-may-care attitude attracts the in-clique, and before CG realizes it, a routine game of truth or dare launches her to iconic status.

While this rebel image helps secure CG’s newfound popularity, it also propels her through a maze of unprecedented chaos...more
Paperback, 312 pages
Published September 13th 2010 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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I'm going to essentially paste what I wrote in my review at One Librarian's Book Reviews, since I said everything I really wanted to there:
The book showed a complicated look at popularity and the kinds of things people will do to be popular. It was also quite interesting in its depictions of the carelessness we feel toward other peoples' feelings. CG was not a person I liked or related to at all, especially in the way she treated others, but I did see that I can become just as cavalier with the...more
Mar 22, 2011 TheBookVixen marked it as did-not-finish  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf-2011
This was a DNF for me, thus no rating.

Reminds me too much of the movie Mean Girls. I'm getting annoyed with CG and her antics. Moving on.
To be honest this book was only so-so. I found the majority of the book to be lacking. It was so stereotypical and clique-ish. I'm in high school and I can honestly say kids aren't like that. I mean yeah there are cliques and stuff and but it isn't social suicide if you have friends in more than one and there's definitely not one girl that rules the school (although some of the girls THINK they're that one girl). I'm just kind of sick of novels being so stereotypical that way. It's the whole typ...more
This book was funny to read. Although it was not my typical choice of book. I really did enjoy it. I received this book as an ARC through NetGalley.

The characters are described perfeclty in this book. It really brought me back to high school times and that point in your life where you are trying to decide who you really are.

I would really recommend this book to people. Especially young girls in highschool.

I love the way the story ended. It shows the unwinding of a web of lies, and the way life...more
From my blog: (\__/)nymfaux

So last night I stayed up all night reading Lindsay Faith Rech’s upcoming release It Started with a Dare!

While I had intended to just read a couple chapters, go to sleep, and pick it up later, once I started reading, I just couldn’t stop myself—I kept telling myself, “just a little more,” that I was half-way through, that there were “only 60 more pages…” And the only way I could justify continuing to read, is that I’d never have been able to sleep not knowing what happ...more
Rather Be Reading YA

Oh, boy. This book is about a girl who moves to a new town and immediately starts making bad choices. One bad choice leads to another, which leads to another, and before she knows it, she's in deep. The first, and most innocent, is to go by the initials CG rather than the slightly old-fashioned Cindy as she was known in her old town.

CG wants to fit in with the wealthier and popular students in her new town so she pretends to be more experienced - in every way - than she real...more
Kate Bloomfield
I really liked this book to begin with.
I've been on a search for a good student/teacher romance novel, and I thought this might be good.

I made it 3/4 of the way through this novel before putting it down.

The teenage drama was just too much for me to handle. Bulimia, lies, alcoholism, a masquerade party where the teacher cant tell the difference between a 15, and 25 year old, and the stupidity of teenagers just grinds my gears. Immature. Yes, that's the way kids are, I know that. I was a teen o...more

This book was trashy. i knew that going into the book though, the title and everything was just "trashy". I have to say I was looking for a easy read though which is the reason I picked this book up. To be honest I feel like it started with a dare was a utterly pointlessbook. The characters were pretty 2 dimensional. I barely got to know the main character "CG" at all. I found that swear words were actually kind of irritating- im all for the occasional f-bomb but I mean the swearing and little p...more
Although the writing was lively and engaging, I found the premise of this book too far-fetched to be believable. A new girl, insecure and quiet, moves to a new town and on the first day of high school is accepted into the most popular clique for no apparent reason. The "reason" is eventually revealed but I actually snorted when I read it. Not at all believable or realistic. This is what really ruined the book for me!
The cover looked fun, but the story was dumb.

Tomboyish Cynthia Gene Silverman moves to a wealthy suburb, reinvents herself as CG, and find herself promptly absorbed into the ruling class of her new high school. Convinced that she has to stand out to fit in, CG constructs a tower of lies atop a foundation of poor decisions that will inevitably crush her. That’s pretty much it for plot.

This book is not even worth the energy I have already spent reviewing it. It reads as though written by a high-sc...more
An eye catching cover, but not much to back it up. Rach relies on caricatures and shock value, and doesn't have much else to add.
Ali Cross
Almost sixteen-year-old CG Silverman has an opportunity to remake herself from podunk nobody to high school somebody, and she doesn't take the mission lightly. She throws away all of who she used to be, or really is, in favor of what she thinks her new popular friends want her to be.

Pretty soon, CG is lying about everything and it gets more and more difficult to remember truth from fiction. With so many balls in the air, eventually they all come tumbling down and CG falls from her popularity pe...more
CG Silverman is starting a new school, in a new town, and hoping for a new life - a more popular life. When the small "in" group of girls takes notice of her on her first day, she can hardly believe it. Before she knows what's happening she's the rebel of the group - doing whatever she feels like and going where no one has dared (or really should dare) to go before. One small white lie spins into another and suddenly CG is living a life of lies and half truths, dragging her friends, teachers, an...more
It Started With a Dare by Lindsay Faith Rech
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2010
305 pages
YA; Contemporary
3.5/5 stars

Source: Netgalley

Summary: CG has moved to a new school and sees this as her opportunity to make herself over as a popular rebellious girl with a mysterious background. Along the way she is entangled in two romantic relationships and is enmeshed in all of her lies.

Thoughts: Wow-does CG lie a lot! I really liked her at the beginning (she lives in southeastern Pennsylvania, roughly where I...more
CG is new to town and determined to be 'somebody' when before she was nobody. Well, nobody with a best friend she found actually really liked her. Leaving him and his revelation behind, CG reinvents herself as daredevil, alcoholic, sexually experienced and apparently into teachers. Her new friends are popular, but she soon realises they're not as perfect as everyone sees from the outside. And when CG's lies start unravelling, she realises who her true friends actually are.

CG is a funny character...more
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CG is going to a new school, where people doesn't know her. It's her opportunity to be different, to be popular. So she decides to reinvent herself, and if that means lying, well, she'll do it.

CG is very smart. I couldn't have said all those lies and remembered them. But she manages to get everyone's attention, even from the popular girls. It seemed like it was easy for her to fool everyone, and that made it more difficult to stop. She's also ve...more
Kari Anderson
At her old school, CG was not in the cool crowd. That’s why she named herself CG at her new school, to give her an edge with the socialites. And it worked. Within no time, she’s part of the “Four Tops”, the smart, edgy one. But a little game of Truth, Dare or Torture is going to be the downfall of this princess. What starts with an innocent kiss on the cheek with her friend’s college-aged brother, ends with a lot of drama, grounding, a scandal with a teacher, and a friend in rehab. Oy vey. But,...more
Summary: Like probably every other teenager, CG Silverman is figuring out who she is and who she wants to be. She sees moving to a new town and going to a new school as her opportunity to reinvent herself and cuts all the ties to her old life, even telling the boy who was her best friend and almost boyfriend she's not interested anymore. The leader of a group of 3 popular girls takes to CG and at first things sail smoothly, sure CG has to lie and pretend she's something she's not, but all's fair...more
This was an E-book ARC I got from Net-Galley. I am not being compensated in any way for my review.

The release date for this book is September 13, 2010.

This book is definitely not for a younger group. There is a lot of talk about sex and profanity in it and it addresses some issues that younger aged 12 and under might be better off waiting to read about until they are older.

It's high school, the usual scene, the teen queen and her honey bees are around her. The story is told from CG's point of v...more
Kristin (Kritters Ramblings)
A cute little YA novel to start a new three month Goodreads Challenge! This book reminded me of the movie Mean Girls with Lindsay Lohan. The classic popular girls with the new girl who usually doesn't fit in, they take her under their wing and drama ensues.

I am not usually a YA reader, but every once in awhile I like a cute light read where I can chuckle - remembering my days in middle and high school. This especially hits home because just recently me and JP (my boy) went to his high school reu...more
Mari - loves to read
It Started With a Dare was a novel addressing serious subjects and at the same time it was packed with laugh out loud moments, I really enjoyed the ride. Mrs. Rech writes about serious topics in a way that enables you to laugh at the same time that you know that this is serious matters she addresses. We have subjects like how difficult it can be to fit in, how easy it can be to tell lies to be accepted, romance, teenage drama, eating disorder, friendship and dysfunctional families, you name it I...more
Moving home and being taken notice of by the most popular girl in her new school, CG takes the opportunity to reinvent herself and soon becomes one of the "Four Tops". Her three new friends - Alona, Grace and Sammi - are not only popular but also rich. A few made up tales and an inability to afford the clothes the other girls are wearing, CG gets herself the position as the rebel of the group. She wears, does and says whatever she likes. She starts an online relationship with her English teacher...more
How do I start this review, hmm..

Let's just say, I finished reading this in less than 6 hours, with around 3 hours being away for tuition, and not to forget I stayed up till' 2AM while having to wake up the next day at 7AM. (and I'm here writing this review!) Why yes, thank you for your compliment.

So, now you know how Lindsay Faith Rech made me sacrificed my sleep and school works, how she took me on an interesting ride with this book, and how much I like this book. The whole book is cute, the a...more
Savannah (Books With Bite)
Oh the joys of high school. Friends, homework, parties, and backstabbing fiends.

CG, the new girl, make her way in to the in-crowd by lying. Yes, she lies. Alot. I can understand CG point of view. High school sucks. There are so much rules and social standards, its hard to stand out. But the things she did were just not right. I had a hard time reading this book. Not because it was not written well. Just that all the things were bad.

CG, once in the in-crowd creates so many lies, that she doesn't...more
Karla Nellenbach
This was a book that I read in one sitting. The main character just jumped off the page and did a little dance for me. Within the first few paragraphs, I knew that CG was the kind of girl that I wanted to be friends with. She was smart, sassy, and funny as hell. Her journey through the shark-infested waters that is high school and going from nobody to social queen back down to lower-than-scum Toilet Girl was wildly entertaining. I laughed. I cried (well, okay not cried, but I did sniff a little)...more
Let me begin by saying that this book was so good that I felt the need to email Lindsay Faith Rech at 2 AM to let her know how much I loved her book. In retrospect, I regret that a bit. Since she hasn't written me back I can only assume that my mad, caffeine fueled fan letter scared her away. Lindsay, I'm sorry and I don't blame you. I think I would have scared myself. A word of advice my friends, no matter how much you love a book wait until you wake up and can write coherently before you choos...more
Taryn Brittany
CG Silverman is the new girl at school. When the popular girls (Alona, Sammie, and Grace) befriend her, CG thinks that this is her chance to finally be part of an "in" crowd. CG is so desperate to be accepted that she reinvents herself, pretending to be a daredevil. There is no dare too crazy for CG, and her new friends are impressed by her rebellious personality.

CG is enjoying her new popularity, but after awhile the lies start adding up, and she finds herself in deeper trouble than she ever b...more
Kelly Thielen
Though it's not the best book I've ever read, I did find myself enjoying the mess that main character CG makes for herself as she is trying to fit in to the popular crowd at her new school. Convinced that they won't accept her as she is, CG creates a new version of Truth or Dare and finds the dares getting her deeper and deeper into trouble. Then to top that off, she just can't seem to stop lying about - or hiding - the true CG (or Cindy as she was known at her old school). The trouble continues...more
It’s never easy moving to a new school, especially when you’ve always been on the sidelines, so imagine CG Silverman’s surprise when she’s adopted into it girl Alona Spelton’s inner circle. CG is terrified that once Alona and her clique discover who she really is, an unworldly tomboy, they’ll drop her like last season’s fads. CG is desperate to impress these girls, so when playing truth or dare, she maybe goes a little too far. One or two little lies grow into a monster that CG doesn’t know how...more
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